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Parshat Vayera
Shabbat Shalom
November 7 (20 Cheshvan, 5781)
Dear Friends,
What a momentous week it has been! I am delighted to share our latest episode in the Torah Journey Podcast, “Arguing with G-d, on Parshat Vayera. How do we respond in life when we perceive injustice in the world? As we know, Avraham confronted, even “argued,” with G-d over the matter of Sedom. Enjoy this Podcast as we explore our personal and communal response to injustice, especially in a time of national division.

Whatever your political perspective may be, it is clear that we live today in a divided country that is in great need of healing. The election underscores how divided our Republic is. Our rabbis teach us that we should pray for “Shalom Malchut,” the peace and well-being of the government. In that light, I want to share my own prayer for a peaceful and seamless transition of leadership over the coming weeks and months. We live in a time of Galut, and as Jews we must always keep in mind that whoever is in power, we will do our best to advocate for the Jewish people.
In addition, this is a time for our Jewish community to embrace one another as best we can. While there is deep division in society at large, the Jewish people are referred to as “one nation in the land.” Our own Kesser community is diverse in so many ways. We are diverse socially, politically, economically and religiously. Given all of the ways that we are varied, what unites us is our Torah values and our aspiration to serve Hashem. The more we build our Kehila and come together as a community and a people, the greater example we will be for our country. It is an example that is deeply needed.
I’m pleased to let you know that this coming Sunday morning our Gemara Group is back and ALL are welcome! Join us on Sunday November 8 at 9:15 am as we start the second Perek of Shabbat (Artscroll, Shabbat, Volume I). This chapter is both fascinating and practical, as it addresses the topics of Shabbat and Chanukah candle lighting. It’s going to be a riveting topic as we connect with one another to start off each week on the right foot.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Ken Brodkin
Winter Schedule
Starting this week, Shabbat morning services will begin at 8:30 am. This schedule will continue for the next 6 – 8 weeks, during the short Shabbat afternoons. Later in January we plan go back to the 9:00 am start time. Stay tuned for details.
Member News
Mazel Tov
We wish a Mazel Tov to Zev and Elana Alpert family on the birth of a baby girl, Adar Sima.

We wish a Mazel Tov to Yisroel and Masha Rotman on the birth of their granddaughter, Anat Hallel, daughter of Daniel and Bella Rotman.
Picture from the baby naming of Adar Sima Alpert
Pre-registration is required for all in-person services. Please contact Tuvia Berzow with questions.

Kesser Classes
Daf Yomi - ONLINE
Join us daily for Daf Yomi with Rabbi Fischer. Click this link to join the class live, and click here to see the schedule. You can download the entire Talmud for free on your mobile device with apps like Sefaria and E-Daf.
Sunday Gemara Group
Join Rabbi Ken Brodkin every Sunday morning at 9:15 am to explore practical Halacha and Gemara. Click here to join.
Parshat Hashavua
Join Rabbi Fischer Monday evening at 7:30 pm to learn about the weekly Torah portion and get involved with a Q&A. Click here to join the Zoom meeting. To enhance your experience, read the Parsha before class.
Kesser Events
Community Events
Garbonzos - Falafel Bar
The Garbonzos food cart is located in the MJCC parking lot. It is open Sunday - Thursday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm and Friday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. The menu includes pita sandwiches, plate options, soup, and sides. Garbonzos is gluten free and vegan. Click here for the full menu. To place a phone order call (503) 475 - 4875.

Kosher Meals to Go Available from Cafe at the J (Weekly)
(Orders due Tuesday by 8 pm, Pickup Thursday between 3-5 pm)
Allen Levin of Century Catering & Cafe at the J is preparing kosher meals for people to take home and serve. Currently, orders are due by 8:00 pm Tuesday for pickup between 3:00-5:00 pm Thursday at the turnaround in front of the MJCC. The menu offers soup; entrees including schnitzel, fish, beef, chicken and burger options; and dessert. Meals certified by Oregon Kosher. If there is interest, a kosher pizza night might be added. For the coming week’s menu and to order meals, email by Sunday 6:00 pm to sign up to receive the weekly menu. (If you do not receive a confirmation, please try again.)
Jewish Free Loan of Greater Portland

Are you or someone you know experiencing financial difficulties as a result of COVID-19? Jewish Free Loan of Greater Portland is here to help and is offering COVID-19 Crisis loans of up to $1,000 for community members. Loans are interest free. Click here to find out more.
November 6 - November 13
Daf Yomi (online) - 6:15 am
Shacharit (online) - 7:00 am
Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat - 4:30 pm
Candle Lighting - 4:32 pm

Shacharit - 8:30 am
Mincha/Maariv - 4:25 pm
Havdalah - 5:36 pm
Daf Yomi (online)- 5:50 pm

Daf Yomi (online) - 7:15 am
Shacharit (online) - 8:00 am
Mincha/Maariv (online) - 4:30 pm

Daf Yomi (online) - 6:15 am
Shacharit (online) - 7:00 am
Mincha/Maariv (online) - 4:30 pm
Daf Yomi (online)- 6:15 am
Shacharit (online) - 7:00 am
Mincha/Maariv (online) - 4:30 pm

Daf Yomi (online) - 6:15 am
Shacharit (online) - 7:00 am
Mincha/Maariv (online) - 4:30 pm

Daf Yomi (online) - 6:15 am
Shacharit (online) - 7:00 am
Mincha/Maariv (online) - 4:30 pm

Daf Yomi (online) - 6:15 am
Shacharit (online) - 7:00 am
Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat - 4:25 pm
Candle Lighting - 4:23 pm
Click here to view zmanim for Cheshvan

CHOLIM LIST: Each week during the Torah Reading we make a misheberach for those who are ill. Click here for our current misheberach list. To make changes, please send an email to Michael Rosenberg at
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